Centre for Internet & Society

Use of Visuals and Nudges in Privacy Notices

Posted by Saumyaa Naidu at Aug 18, 2018 04:05 AM |

Nudging in privacy notices can be a privacy-enhancing tool. For example, informing users of how many people would have access to their data would help them make a decision. However, nudges can also be used to influence users towards making choices that compromise their privacy. For example, the visual design of default options on digital platforms currently nudge users to share their data. It is critical to ensure that there is mindful use of nudges, and that it is directed at the well being of the users.

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National Health Stack: Data For Data’s Sake, A Manmade Health Hazard

Posted by Murali Neelakantan, Swaraj Barooah, Swagam Dasgupta and Torsha Sarkar at Aug 17, 2018 12:40 AM |

On Oct. 5, 2017, an HIV positive woman was denied admission in Hyderabad’s Osmania General Hospital even though she was entitled to free treatment under India’s National AIDS Control Organisation programme. Another incident around the same time witnessed a 24-year-old pregnant woman at Tikamgarh district hospital in Madhya Pradesh being denied treatment by hospital doctors once she tested positive for HIV. The patient reportedly delivered the twins outside the maternity ward after she was turned away by the hospital, but her newborn twin girls died soon after.

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India's Contribution to Internet Governance Debates

Posted by Sunil Abraham, Mukta Batra, Geetha Hariharan, Swaraj Barooah and Akriti Bopanna at Aug 16, 2018 03:38 PM |

India's Contribution to Internet Governance Debates", an article by Sunil Abraham, Mukta Batra, Geetha Hariharan, Swaraj Barooah and Akriti Bopanna, was recently published in the NLUD Student Law Journal, an annual peer-reviewed journal published by the National Law University, Delhi.

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Future of Work: Report of the ‘Workshop on the IT/IT-eS Sector and the Future of Work in India’

Posted by Ambika Tandon at Aug 16, 2018 02:55 AM |

This report provides an overview of the proceedings and outcomes of the Workshop on the IT/IT-eS Sector and the Future of Work in India (hereinafter referred to as the “Workshop”), organised at Omidyar Networks’ office in Bangalore, on June 29, 2018.

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The National Health Stack: An Expensive, Temporary Placebo

Posted by Murali Neelakantan, Swaraj Barooah, Swagam Dasgupta, and Torsha Sarkar at Aug 13, 2018 03:13 PM |

The year 2002 saw the introduction of a very ambitious National Program for Information Technology in the United Kingdom with the goal to transform the National Health Service — a pre-existing state-sponsored universal healthcare program. This would include a centralised, digital healthcare record for patients and secure access for 30,000 professionals across 300 hospitals.

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Spreading unhappiness equally around

Posted by Sunil Abraham at Jul 31, 2018 02:49 PM |

The section of civil society opposed to Aadhaar is unhappy because the UIDAI and all other state agencies that wish to can process data non-consensually.

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Lining up the data on the Srikrishna Privacy Draft Bill

Posted by Sunil Abraham at Jul 31, 2018 02:52 AM |

In the run-up to the Justice BN Srikrishna committee report, some stakeholders have advocated that consent be eliminated and replaced with stronger accountability obligations. This was rejected and the committee has released a draft bill that has consent as the bedrock just like the GDPR. And like the GDPR there exists legal basis for nonconsensual processing of data for the “functions of the state”. What does this mean for lawabiding persons?

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The Potential for the Normative Regulation of Cyberspace: Implications for India

Posted by Pranav M B at Jul 30, 2018 09:00 AM |

Author: Arindrajit Basu Edited by: Elonnai Hickok, Sunil Abraham and Udbhav Tiwari Research Assistance: Tejas Bharadwaj

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Digital Native: Hashtag Along With Me

Digital Native: Hashtag Along With Me

Posted by Nishant Shah at Jul 29, 2018 09:00 PM |

A hashtag that evolved with a movement.

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Anti-trafficking Bill may lead to censorship

Posted by Swaraj Barooah and Gurshabad Grover at Jul 24, 2018 09:00 PM |

There are a few problematic provisions in the proposed legislation—it may severely impact freedom of expression.

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The Centre for Internet and Society’s Comments and Recommendations to the: Indian Privacy Code, 2018

Posted by Shweta Mohandas, Elonnai Hickok, Amber Sinha and Shruti Trikanand at Jul 20, 2018 01:55 PM |

The debate surrounding privacy has in recent times gained momentum due to the Aadhaar judgement and the growing concerns around the use of personal data by corporations and governments.

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DIDP #31 Diversity of employees at ICANN

Posted by Akash Sriram at Jul 19, 2018 02:55 PM |

We have requested ICANN to disclose information pertaining to the diversity of employees based on race and citizenship.

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CIS submitted a response to a Notice of Enquiry by the US Government on International Internet Policy Priorities

Posted by Akriti Bopanna and Swagam Dasgupta at Jul 18, 2018 05:10 PM |

The Centre for Internet and Society drafted a response to a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) issued by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on "International Internet Policy Priorities."

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ICANN Diversity Analysis

Posted by Akriti Bopanna at Jul 16, 2018 02:35 PM |

The by-laws of The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) state that it is a non-profit public-benefit corporation which is responsible at the overall level, for the coordination of the “global internet's systems of unique identifiers, and in particular to ensure the stable and secure operation of the internet's unique identifier systems”. As key stakeholders of ICANN are spread across the world, much of the communication discussing the work of ICANN takes place over email. This analysis of the diversity of participation at the ICANN processes, through a study of their mailing lists, was undertaken by Paul Kurian and Akriti Bopanna.

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Digital Native: How smart cities can make criminals out of denizens

Digital Native: How smart cities can make criminals out of denizens

Posted by Nishant Shah at Jul 15, 2018 08:00 PM |

People download information and share it without knowing about the intellectual property rights. On social media bullying, harassment and hate speech find easy avenues.

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CIS contributes to the Research and Advisory Group of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC)

Posted by Arindrajit Basu at Jul 05, 2018 04:00 PM |

The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) is an initiative of the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and the East West Institute that seeks to promote mutual awareness and understanding among various cyberspace communities. It seeks to develop norms and policies that advance the stability and security of cyberspace.

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Digital Native: The bigger picture

Digital Native: The bigger picture

Posted by Nishant Shah at Jul 01, 2018 10:00 PM |

For all our sleek machines, we are slaves to the much larger Internet of Things.

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The AI Task Force Report - The first steps towards India’s AI framework

Posted by Elonnai Hickok, Shweta Mohandas and Swaraj Paul Barooah at Jun 27, 2018 02:35 PM |

The Task Force on Artificial Intelligence was established by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to leverage AI for economic benefits, and provide policy recommendations on the deployment of AI for India.

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Comments on the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations

Posted by Sandeep Kumar, Torsha Sarkar, Swaraj Barooah, Gurshabad Grover at Jun 22, 2018 10:15 AM |

This submission presents comments by the Centre for Internet & Society, India (“CIS”) on the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations which was released to the public by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 29th May 2018 for comments and views.

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NITI Aayog Discussion Paper: An aspirational step towards India’s AI policy

Posted by Sunil Abraham, Elonnai Hickok, Amber Sinha, Swaraj Barooah, Shweta Mohandas, Pranav M Bidare, Swagam Dasgupta, Vishnu Ramachandran and Senthil Kumar at Jun 13, 2018 01:08 PM |

The National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence — a discussion paper on India’s path forward in AI, is a welcome step towards a comprehensive document that reflects the government's AI ambitions. The 115-page discussion paper attempts to be an all encompassing document looking at a host of AI related issues including privacy, security, ethics, fairness, transparency and accountability.

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